A few weeks ago my friend's mom gave me some doenjang her cousin in Korea had made from scratch. I made ssamjang from it and ate it with steak and it was seriously the best thing I've ever eaten! Her cousin is coming back in January and is going to teach me how to make it. They told me that you can start with soybeans that have already been made into bricks, but I want to eventually grow my own soybeans to make doenjang from. Is there a specific type of soybean that is better for making doenjang? Can you use the same type as edamame but just dry them first? Should I plant any other particular plants in my yard to improve the flavor, or does that not matter? I saw an episode of Dae Jang Geum where the doenjang tasted off because they had cut down a pine that grew near the place where the doenjang was stored and the pine pollen wasn't falling into the doenjang anymore. Please tell me of your doenjang lore!
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